• Bay State Animal Cooperative


    A Safe, Loving, No Kill Shelter for Animals.


  • About BSAC

    Our mission is to practice a no-kill philosophy while providing humane resources and services aimed at reducing animal overpopulation and unnecessary suffering for companion, stray, relinquished and feral animals.

    We work cooperatively with other humane organizations, local municipalities and the community to develop and implement programs including but not limited to: low-cost spay/neuter assistance, low-cost medical care, trap-neuter-return (TNR), community outreach programs and events, sheltering and adoption, mobile medical, adoption and education services, fundraising events, and a sanctuary.

    We are funded by donations and operate entirely by volunteers.

    BSAC is a 501(c)3 charitable/non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.


  • Donate Now

    Your tax-deductible gift to the Bay State Animal Cooperative helps ensure animals in distress receive the care they need, as well as a chance to be adopted into a caring home.


    We gratefully accept any amount. If you would like to pay by check, please make checks payable to Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc. and mail to:

    Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc.
    47 Windsor Road
    Norwood, MA 02062

  • Board of Directors

    Marcia Motta

    Founder and President

    I founded the Bay State Animal Cooperative, a 501(c)3 animal rescue organization in 2009 and proudly serve as the volunteer President, foster caregiver, treasurer and trapper. As an animal advocate since childhood, I am proud to stand by other passionate volunteers and directors that help mold this organization. I have supported a no-kill philosophy since I can remember and it is the back-bone of my everyday life with animals.


    Animal rescue, advocacy, support and welfare has been my destiny and I have actively pursued this passion since the early 1980’s. Though it all began in 1964 in a small town in NH where I raised with an array of rodents, rabbits, dogs, reptiles and great “human” family support.


    I currently share my home with my husband, teenage son, his adopted cat, Zeus our dog and many long and short-term foster cats. I have two grown independent daughters who both share their lives with adopted cats.


    I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Emmanuel College. I have completed many animal science and veterinary technician courses with the goal to become a certified veterinary technician. Additionally, I have held many roles over the years involving animals including; TNR specialist, executive director of another no-kill rescue group, member of the mass animal coalition, partnering with animal control officers, rescues, businesses and schools to educate and assist with feline rescue and adoption.


    As a professional pet sitter and dog walker I feel lucky to be able to share every day with animals while assisting their owners. I also work part-time remotely for the world's largest online destination for care. The coordination of many past and present part-time professions has allowed me to rescue, care for, adopt and spay/neuter thousands of felines over the past 20 years of my life while experiencing many memories with my friends and family.


    Though life is hectic and a bit overwhelming at times, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Rita Crowell

    Vice President

    I am a retired high school Science Department Director with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters degree. I taught for 30 years and have had various volunteer experiences throughout that time.


    My experience with BSAC has grown by stages. BSAC was the group that I first encountered as a result of kitten visitors in my yard. I needed help and BSAC had suggestions and advice. After a short time, my interest in cats, the attitude of the public towards cats, and how I could help to make the lives of cats and kittens better sent me in a new direction. Educating individuals to help themselves and the cats in their neighborhoods are important to me. BSAC provided the framework for my interests and a way to move forward to provide that help. The goals of the organization are core values that I can support. As a result I became the BSAC shelter manager at a place where myself, and many volunteers would house and care for cats and kittens that were waiting for forever homes.

    I am an ardent supporter of animal rights using various internet petition sites, including paid memberships to many animal support groups


    My present position at BSAC is vice president. I perform various volunteer functions in the group:


    Maintain the pictures and bios on Petfinder of our available cats and kittens

    Track of all trapping equipment (including pickup and delivery)

    • Perform TNR (trap, neuter, return) in the community and track colony locations
    • Provide temporary foster care for many cats and kittens that are transitioning to foster or adoptive homes
    • Build and maintain shelters and feeding stations for feral cat colonies
    • Transport cats to doctor appointments, spay/neuter
    • Post pictures and biographies of our cats in a flyer that is
    • distributed to vet offices and clinics and pet stores
    • Process adoption applications, when added help is needed

    MIchelle Taranto


    I am the volunteer coordinator with the Bay State Animal Cooperative and could not be happier with my choice of volunteer work. I was first introduced to Bay State approximately 18 years ago when I was looking for a companion for my adult cat. I was introduced to a friendly feral cat named Cinnamon, and while my family thought my cat was too attached to me to share his home, it could not have been a better fit. They were best friends, and Cinnamon is still with me today at 20 years old!


    I started out volunteering with fundraising and administration and was happy to expand my services to volunteer coordinator and working with the cats within our adoption center. I am proud to be a member of BSAC not only because of their no-kill philosophy, but also with its dedication to providing valuable resources to reduce animal overpopulation, assisting pet owners who would otherwise have not humane alternative and educating young and old about rescuing and caring for animals. I also attracted to BSAC as the organization takes in special needs and older cats and will care for them until the exact fit if found...as long as it take. There is no better feeling than finding the purrfect forever home for our beloved felines and brightening the lives of their new families.


    I currently have three cats, all adopted through BSAC. I am a Realtor with Keller Williams and love the fact that I not only help find homes for people but for cats who, without BSAC, might not benefit from a second chance to be part of a loving family.

    Holly Rand


    As the Foster Coordinator for Bay State Animals, I coordinate foster care for kittens, pregnant mom's, feral cats, surrenders and all other animals that the organization takes in. I became involved with the organization after adopting a severely abused cat (New Kitty-as my boys have sweetly named her) in the Spring of 2013. Bay State took her in and gave her the medical care that she desperately needed. I am grateful to say that she is a wonderful addition to our home that includes two other resident rescue kitties and a hamster.


    One year after adopting New Kitty, we took in a foster Mom who gave birth to 8 beautiful and healthy kittens. It was a wonderful experience for my family and the the entire crew was adopted out of our foster home.


    The dedication of this group of volunteers tor reduce animal overpopulation, support feral colonies and care for animals that are often neglected for medical or behavioral issues inspired me to become more involved. I joined the Board of Directors and assist with various duties include Volunteer Drives, Adoption events. Fundraising and helping transition cats to the permanent homes.


    I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and work full time as a Physician Assistant in Cardiology. I am a mother of two precocious boys that enjoy helping with the amazing group of kitties that have come through our home.

    Robin Morgan


    I am the Director of Social Media at BSAC, and work with BSAC to continue to practice a no-kill philosophy while providing humane resources and services aimed at reducing animal overpopulation and unnecessary suffering for companion, stray, relinquished and feral animals.


    I began volunteering at Bay State Animal Cooperative in 2012 out of a great love for animals. I have two cats, Luna and Linus, who are 5 year old siblings. Linus is completely blind and has a muscular-skeletal disorder that limits his range of movement. I believe adopting them made me to want to give back more and led me to BSAC .I started as a volunteer cleaning cages and socializing the cats in the shelter and then became an adoption counselor and foster mother for cats and kittens in need of a temporary home. When the BSAC website needed a complete redesign, I volunteered to do the work. I now maintain the website and the BSAC Facebook page. I am the mother of two girls and work fulltime. I hold a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and am a Certified Agile Project Management Consultant.

  • Adoption

    Thank you for your interest in applying for a new pet. Please know that priority will be given to applications less than an hour from our corporate address as we reserve the right to visit our adopted pets at any time. Additionally, we support adopting close to home where you can get follow up support for the animal you adopt. If you reside a long distance from us, we encourage you to seek your local resources and opt not to apply through Bay State Animal Cooperative but if you still choose to apply understand we may not be able to accept your application.

    You can apply online here or download our Adoption Application in Word Format.


    You can visit any of our cats by appointment to see them in their foster homes. Please note this can only be done by making an appointment so that we may have one of our volunteers assist you. For an appointment, contact us via email at info@baystateanimals.org.


    Bring all members of your household.

    Try not to get attached to a particular cat. Our adoption counselors are trained to work with you to find the best match for your household.

    When submitting an adoption application, include information about your past and current pets, veterinarian, your housing situation, etc.

  • Meet Our Cats

    Information, Successes, and Featured Cats for Adoption

    Applications can be downloaded here

    Our BSAC

    An Intro to BSAC.


    About Mama



    Mama is a great cat who is timid when she first meets you. She takes a bit to warm up, but once she does, she’s a sweetheart. An experienced cat human will understand her best as her current foster home does! Her foster family says she is a sweet, young, female cat that loves to talk and play. Mama, like most felines, enjoys a good cat nap and appreciates chin scratches and belly rubs. Once she becomes a true family member she will greet you at the door with meows and head butts. She would be fine with other cats but also would be fine by herself.


    About Sophie

    Sophie has the best purr. At a year old, she has already raised her kittens and is looking for a home. She loves to sit beside you and walk around your feet. Sophie combo tested negative and is up to date with her shots. Do you have a place on your home for a dilute torti who likes to talk and loves attention from her people.

  • Volunteer


    • Foster Parenting

    • Adoption Counselors (we will train you)

    • Animal Transport- to and from vet appointments

    • Fund-Raising coordinator

    • Administrative Assistant
    • Pick up and transport of donated food-

    • in your car or truck (mileage is tax-deductible!)

    • Grant Writers

    • and more...new ideas are always welcome!

    Please fill out a volunteer application form on-line.

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  • Cat News

    News, events and things we want you to know!

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